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"It's time to deport illegals." Napa Valley Register Letter to the Editor. March 17th, 2010: "Bring back President Hoover, who in the Great Depression ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work! Bring back President Truman, who deported more than two million illegals after World War II to create jobs for returning veterans. Bring back President Eisenhower, who deported 13 million Mexican nationals. It was done so veterans would have a better chance at jobs. If they could deport the illegals back then, they could sure do it today."


Andy Williams "The federal government has deported illegal aliens before, we can do so again." Progress Index. March 29, 2010: "During the "Great Depression," President Hoover ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American workers that needed to work.

President Truman deported over a million illegal immigrants after World War II to create jobs for returning veterans.

In 1954 with only a thousand Border Patrol Officers, President Eisenhower deported 1.3 million Mexican nationals! The program was done so that World War II and Korean War veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them!

If the government could deport the illegal immigrants back then, they have no excuses not to do it today.

Instead of Obama and the Senate's $18 billion jobs bill that will be paid by real American taxpayers, they could have a 2010 version of deportation program - which would add more jobs than any stimulus and would help Americans much, much more."


Roger McGrath. "Deporting illegal immigrants." New American. July 13th, 2010: "Pardon me, but if I hear one more time that we can’t deport 12 million illegal aliens I’m headed for the backyard to howl at the moon. Is the American memory so short that we’ve already forgotten the 1950s? This writer is old enough to remember very clearly the mass deportation of illegal aliens that occurred in 1954 in what was officially termed “Operation Wetback” (prior to the age of political correctness).

Anyone living in Southern California then, even a kid like me, couldn’t help but take notice of the operation that sent upwards of two million illegal aliens from all across the Southwest home to Mexico. It was done swiftly and cheaply by a relatively small force, proving that arguments we hear today about such an operation being logistically impossible are nothing more than a mask concealing a lack of political will.

During World War II, with so many Americans in the service — and fighting and dying overseas — Mexicans illegally entered the United States to take advantage of employment opportunities, especially as agricultural laborers. People seem to forget that most of those who worked in the farm fields of California during the 1930s were not Mexicans but “Okies,” a term applied collectively to the hundreds of thousands of migrants who poured out of not only Oklahoma but also Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri — and smaller numbers from Kansas and Colorado — and took Route 66 to the Golden State. By 1940, the Okies constituted about 12 percent of California’s population overall, 25 percent of the population of the agricultural San Joaquin Valley, and the bulk of farm labor. Following the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, though, the Okies began moving from the fields into the factories or the Armed Forces." [read more in article].


William Ladd. "It isn’t impossible to stop illegal immigration." San Diego News Network: A More Perfect Union Blog. February 20, 2010: "Many people would have us believe that it would not actually be possible to round up and deport all illegal aliens in the U.S. This is most definitely not the case. It is merely a lack of resolve to do so. How can I say this? Easy. It’s been done successfully multiple times in the past. In fact, three of our most well-known presidents initiated successful illegal alien deportation programs.

First, President Herbert Hoover, during the great depression, ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work. My question is, why would you have to make an exception to “business as usual” to enforce the law?

Next, the greatly respected President Harry Truman deported over two million illegal aliens after World War II to create jobs for returning veterans. Were they allowed in because of a workforce shortage during WWII? I suppose that could be a reason they were here.

Finally and most recently, beginning in 1954, the very popular and practical President Dwight Eisenhower successfully deported millions of illegal alien Mexican nationals in a program called “Operation Wetback”, which lasted two years. Again, this was reportedly done to make more jobs available for World War II and Korean War veterans.

We now have a huge number of citizens out of work, including returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems we ought to be able to do the same thing today. All that is required is that we actually enforce the law. There is nothing “ambiguous” or “complicated” about illegal immigration. It’s illegal, the people doing it know it, and they are therefore criminals who should be arrested and deported. The people that deliberately hire illegals should be arrested and jailed or fined heavily."


Robert Temple. "Deport illegals." The Daily Item. March 22, 2009: "America, what did Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower have in common? Here is something that should be of great interest to you. Back during the Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.

Harry Truman deported more than 2 million illegal aliens after World War II to create jobs for returning veterans. And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals. The program was intended to make it so that American World War II and Korean War veterans had a better chance of finding jobs. It took two years, but they deported them.

Now, if they could deport the illegals back then, they sure can do it today. If the 535 gutless politicians that want to control 300 million Americans were worth a dime, they would so something to benefit the American people instead of special interest groups with hands full of money to stuff their greedy pockets.

Wake up, America, and don't forget to pay your taxes; 18 million illegal aliens are depending on you!"

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